Every student in the department has the opportunity to spend their third year studying at a university overseas. Being away from the UK, having greater independence, and being exposed to different ways of studying and living all lead to a greater maturity, and helps give you the opportunity for fresh thinking about your future. It’s a brilliant experience, and one that will do your studies – and your future career – a world of good.
British graduates are increasingly looking for jobs outside the UK, and employers, keen to develop in the global marketplace, are looking for graduates with cross-cultural experience. Students who study abroad are in a perfect position to take advantage of the global labour market as well as adding a very different dimension to the standard student experience.
We have formal links with many top-ranking universities around Europe and further afield. We can set up new links too, to match your interests, provided that we can find a good match for our compulsory 3rd year courses. Since Engineering Mathematics is a common subject worldwide, this isn't usually a problem. Studying a language is an option on all our courses, but opportunities to study overseas are open to everyone through our partnerships with English-speaking universities.
For more information about study and work abroad, please visit the Study and Work Abroad Placements (SWAP) website.
In my 3rd year, I had the chance to participate in the Erasmus program and spend my third year studying at the Universidad de Sevilla in the south of Spain. It’s a cliché, but it was an unforgettable experience. I am now practically fluent in an extra language, and I had the opportunity to demonstrate my ability to adapt to the unknown. I had complete freedom to choose my courses, so while I kept up with the Bristol programme I was also able to explore other areas I was curious about. The year was academically rewarding but to be honest, the reason I advise other students to take the study abroad option is because of the cultural experience. The trips, incredible friendships with students of all nationalities, the extraordinary combination of Muslim and Spanish culture, architecture and sunshine, and above all the discovery of human variety in lifestyle and personality; it all makes a person understand better who they are and, more importantly, where they are going.
If you want the engineering qualifications with an incomparable experience that leaves you nostalgic let yourself live something amazing. Do Erasmus.
Gwendoline Huret, 4th year undergraduate